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PILI is Hiring a Paralegal & Intake Specialist

PILI is hiring a Paralegal & Intake Specialist. This is a full-time position to be based in PILI’s Chicago office. This position will be part of PILI’s Programs Team and will work under the supervision of the Managing Attorneys, and work in coordination with all staff members to support PILI’s Pro Bono Program.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Conduct preliminary intake interviews, gathering relevant facts and identifying legal issues;
  • Keep records and enter data in case management system, including demographic data and case notes;
  • Provide customer service that is culturally competent and empathetic;
  • Written correspondence, including with clients and pro bono volunteers;
  • Manage volunteer information and other administrative support of pro bono volunteers; and
  • Assist with outreach, help prepare for clinics and other pro bono project tasks as needed.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and collaborate with the other members of PILI’s Programs Team on programming and projects;
  • Assisting, as needed, in preparation of grant proposals and reports; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned by PILI’s Executive Director or Senior Managing Attorney.


  • Graduation from or current enrollment in an accredited paralegal program, or two or more years of experience supporting legal work;
  • Preference is given to applicants with Spanish language proficiency, oral and written;
  • The ability to travel, and work evenings and weekends as needed but with advance notice for special programs and events hosted by PILI;
  • A valid driver’s license;
  • Ability to self-support within a small nonprofit environment and proficiency with technology;
  • Experience using LegalServer (or similar computer-based case management system);
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Detail oriented with strong critical thinking and analytical skills; and
  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission and work of PILI.

Salary: This is a full-time position with a salary commensurate with experience within the range of $35,000 to $45,000, including a generous benefits package with employer-paid health insurance and retirement plan.

To apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, 2-4 page writing sample and three professional references to Please put “Paralegal & Intake Specialist” in the subject line. Please do not send application materials by mail, and no phone or email inquiries. Applicants will be contacted in the event that we wish to further discuss your qualifications.

About PILI: PILI engages, inspires and empowers those advancing equal access to justice. We envision making equal access to justice a reality through a legal community with a deeply rooted culture of service, where pro bono and public interest law engagement is optimized to best serve people, families and communities in need. The PILI team consists of eight staff members (including this position) with most staff based in Chicago and one in Champaign.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: At PILI we believe that diversity and inclusion are fundamentally important objectives that make organizations more effective. In our hiring and our work, we support diversity in all of its forms, encompassing but not limited to age, disability status, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion and sexual orientation.

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